Hi there, we are Emma and River two English folk of mature years living on a terraced hillside of olive trees, bottoming down to a mixed woodland of Chestnut and Walnut and a swirling meandering stream as our border.
We are trying to generally follow ecological principles and be as sustainable as we can. We value the peaceful tranquillity of the land most of all, and we like to offer a space for people, friends to relax and chill-out away from their busy lives.
We enjoy being completely off-grid with a mixture of solar and hydro power, but we do have internet to keep us in touch.
We have a goat called Gracie, who is retired and 'keeps us on our toes' and provides us with manure for the garden. We also have a 19 month old puppy called Grelo. Both Gracie and Grelo need regular walks.
We have a lot of land, some which still needs clearing, and currently we are getting our beds ready for planting vegetables, weeding, making new borders, raised beds, adding compost and manure etc. and during the hot summer there is lots of watering that needs to be done to keep all our plants alive.
There are some special places, particularly near the stream where we would like to create beautiful sitting spaces to reflect and simply be.
We have accommodation in a simple little rustic stone barn with small balcony, and Emma makes excellent vegetarian food.
We are both drawn to a meditative life, combined with work out in the garden. Mostly its about finding a balance between the two.
Although we are remotely situated, there is a thriving alternative community in the surrounding hills and valley's in which we participate in various activities, such as shared work days, singing, dancing, all-sorts.
We live between two villages, both about a 20 minute walk away, one of which has a bar/café offering food and drinks. We welcome those who might enjoy a simple outdoor life working with Nature. If you are someone interested in spiritual topics, meditation, all the better. We ask that our volunteers work/help out for roughly 4/5 hrs a day with weekends free. There are some lovely walks for volunteers in their time off, and for an experience of the high culture a trip to the city of Coimbra is just a bus-ride away. Lots of river beaches too if you want to cool off. Summer temps can be high 30's.
Looking forward to meeting you and sharing days together.
River & Emma
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
There is always the mystery of meeting someone new. We have both travelled a lot in our earlier life. Emma is good at languages, and River has a thirst for knowledge and new adventures. Both of us love 'meditating with the body' a radical but gentle way of awakening to our true nature.
, Land clearing, help in making a vegetable garden, weeding, composting, gardening, watering. Goat and dog walking, and creative landscaping and help with cooking for those with culinary experience. Love to have somebody with basic carpentry skills.The land is fairly steep, so we need fit volunteers.
We have a small one room schist stone house with small balcony, wood stove and one ring calor gas for tea/coffee making. You have your own compost loo on the veranda, with basic washing facilities. But the bathroom in the main house can be used for showers. The sound of running water is everywhere.
Plenty to do on time off. Transition Town type activities. Swimming, meditation, yoga, choir, walking on the shisto trails, community work days once a month open mike and local musicians playing.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
4 / 5 hours with weekend free